5 Steps in Applying for South African Visa in Nigeria

Are you planning to apply for a Visa at the South African Embassy in Nigeria? If yes, below you will find 5 easy steps to apply for South African Visa in Nigeria. This article will give information on procedures available to all Nigerian citizens and other Nationals living in Nigeria, who wish to apply for a visa to travel to South Africa.

For Prospective Applicants

In case that you wish to apply for a temporary visa to South Africa, you need to read the detailed information on this article properly. Don’t think the South African visa application form will reveal all that you need to know. By using VFS global Nigeria and follow the steps below to apply by yourself. Even the South African high commission Lagos has warned the general public that you should not pay anyone to apply for South African Visa.  

If you follow the instructions below, it will be easy for you to submit your application online . This will reduce the chances of your application being rejected because of lack or incomplete visa application or documents.

The South Africa Visa Application Center, Lagos will only accept 180 applications each day from Monday to Friday. So,you have to get your South African visa requirements, such as Nigerian passport, fees and apply directly on the VFS global Nigeria website on time.

The South Africa Visa Application Center Abuja can only accept 150 applications inclusive of all categories from Monday to Friday.

The South Africa Visa Application Center Port Harcourt will only accept 20 applications, regardless of the visa categories you’re applying for from Monday to Friday

Also, South Africa Visa Application Center will accept the South African applications on a first come first serve basis.

VISA Application Process:

Visa Applicants are asked to read the steps below carefully before submitting their application at the South Africa visa application centers

Step 1 : Applicants are required to present their applications in person at the VFS Global, South Africa Visa Application centers

Step 2 : Make photocopies of the original documents of all the applications, such as UK, US, Canada, Japan and Schengen visas and three clear photocopies of your international passport information page.

Step 3 : Complete the visa application form. You can download the South African application from the VFS Global Nigeria website.

Step 4 : Pay your visa application fees and service charge at the bank customer service counter at the Visa Application Center.

Methods of Visa Fee Payments:

Payment Instructions for Lagos and Abuja

Paying In Person– Pay by cash only at the Bank counter in the VAC

The Fees for Lagos and Abuja are:

Visa Fee in Naira (including VAT)    :    8600

Service charge in Naira (Inclusive of VAT):  12090

Payment Instructions for Port Harcourt

At the GT Bank Branch located at Tombia Road, GRA, Port Harcourt.

Charges for Port Harcourt are as follows:

Visa Fee in Naira (including VAT): 8600   

Service charge in Naira (Inclusive of VAT): 32090

Step 5 : Along with your application form and documents mentioned above in this article, you can go to the application center and apply for the South African Visa immediately. It would be a great idea if you visit VFS Global Nigeria “contact us” page of the site for application acceptance timings and the processing time frame.


After you have submitted your application for a visa at the visa application center, you can track your application here.

You can track your application by entering your Passport Number and your Date of Birth. You can also click here to check status of your visa

If you have anything to add to this article how to apply for a South African Visa, please let us know by leaving your comment  below.




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